Between Quran and Kafka: West-Eastern Affinities

Navid Kermani Tony Crawford

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Between Quran and Kafka: West-Eastern Affinities

Between Quran and Kafka West Eastern Affinities What connects Shiite passion plays with Brecht s drama Which of Goethe s poems were inspired by the Quran How can Ibn Arabi s theology of sighs explain the plays of Heinrich von Kleist And why did the

  • Title: Between Quran and Kafka: West-Eastern Affinities
  • Author: Navid Kermani Tony Crawford
  • ISBN: 9781509500338
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What connects Shiite passion plays with Brecht s drama Which of Goethe s poems were inspired by the Quran How can Ibn Arabi s theology of sighs explain the plays of Heinrich von Kleist And why did the Persian author Sadeq Hedayat identify with the Prague Jew Franz Kafka One who knows himself and others will here too understand Orient and Occident are no longer separablWhat connects Shiite passion plays with Brecht s drama Which of Goethe s poems were inspired by the Quran How can Ibn Arabi s theology of sighs explain the plays of Heinrich von Kleist And why did the Persian author Sadeq Hedayat identify with the Prague Jew Franz Kafka One who knows himself and others will here too understand Orient and Occident are no longer separable in this new book, the critically acclaimed author and scholar Navid Kermani takes Goethe at his word He reads the Quran as a poetic text, opens Eastern literature to Western readers, unveils the mystical dimension in the works of Goethe and Kleist, and deciphers the political implications of theatre, from Shakespeare to Lessing to Brecht Drawing striking comparisons between diverse literary traditions and cultures, Kermani argues for a literary cosmopolitanism that is opposed to all those who would play religions and cultures against one another, isolating them from one another by force Between Quran and Kafka concludes with Kermani s speech on receiving Germany s highest literary prize, an impassioned plea for greater fraternity in the face of the tyranny and terrorism of Islamic State.Kermani s personal assimilation of the classics gives his work that topical urgency that distinguishes universal literature when it speaks to our most intimate feelings For, of course, love too lies between Quran and Kafka.

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    1. Matt on said:

      Why do I like this writer and his works so much? Navid Kermani has the following special qualities, which always let me return to his works:1. He is of the same age as me (more precisely, he is four years younger).2. He writes in a clear, engaging, and eloquent style, without messing around and only about subjects he is versed in.3. He is German and writes in German (although this book is also available in an English translation).4. He is also Iranian, speaks Persian and Arabic, and habilitated [...]

    2. Barnaby Thieme on said:

      Note: Kermani's book has subsequently been translated into English, if anyone is interested. Navid Kermani is one of the most interesting essayists working in Germany today. In this collection of loosely-related stories, he explores his dual identity as Muslim and German as one of both belonging and apartness, and elaborates that dual role into a general theory of Germanness that he sees exemplified in many of its greatest literary figures, such as Goethe, Heine, and Kafka. In this reading, what [...]

    3. Vuk Trifkovic on said:

      All nice and well, ultimately not very insightful. If you have the basic understanding of history of the West and of the Islam, it is all very good, but then the book actually adds very little. Something more cutting, more confronting, like Gray on modernity or like Mishra on Islamist movements is far more pressing.

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